Lesson Plan: Suicide Squad: a fun, grimy, antihero mess!
II. While Reading Activities
- antihero |ˈan(t)ēˌhirōˈan(t)īˌhirō| noun – (pl. antiheroes) a central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.
- deranged |dēˈrānjddəˈrānjd| adjective-mad; insane: a deranged gunman.
- brawny |ˈbrônē|-adjective (brawnier, brawniest) physically strong; muscular.
- superhero |ˈso͞opərˌhirō| noun (pl. superheroes) a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.
- blockbuster |ˈbläkˌbəstər| noun -informal a thing of great power or size, in particular a movie, book, or other product that is a great commercial success: [ as modifier ] : a blockbuster pay-per-view special event.
- recruiting |rəˈkro͞ot| verb – [ with obj. ]enlist (someone) in the armed forces: they recruit their toughest soldiers from the desert tribes | [ no obj. ] : the regiment was still actively recruiting.
- mutant |ˈmyo͞otnt| adjective-resulting from or showing the effect of mutation: a mutant gene.
- sorceress |ˈsôrs(ə)rəs| noun-a female sorcerer; a witch.
- supervillains |ˈso͞opəˌvilən| noun-a fictional villain with superhuman powers: of course, a superhero film wouldn’t be complete without a supervillain.
- montages |mänˈtäZH| noun- the process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole. the play often verged on montage.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Needless to say stylistic flourishes, like unstable villains, are bountiful in Suicide Squad. The fun is in letting yourself go along with every silly bit. Do you like montages and flashbacks? Ayer loves them. He cannot get enough of them. He leans on both far too heavily for far too long in a movie so stuffed to the rafters with colorful characters, there’s barely any room for a serviceable plot.
It hardly matters who the Suicide Squad is fighting or why: These supervillains just don’t feel like they belong in the same ZIP Code as DC’s gritty urban antiheroes, let alone the same movie. One is a dark and demonic witch with a ghoulish hunch and black magic, the other a gigantic demon with horns and extend-lava arms. There’s menace in Delevigne’s hungry evil eyes but not much else, making her a lame supervillain to set off the Squad.